This interview likes to introduce a newcomer out of the southern part of Germany. Under the name Collapse Projects the Electro/EBM/Industrial-musician Klaus Hörmann has released his self-produced debut “Your Own Way” via the new label Klangdynamik Records, which brought him some recognition. Klaus is back and nailed in his studio to work on the follower and this delayed also the replying on this interview a bit…
Chain D.L.K.: Hi Klaus, could you please to start this interviewed by introducing yourself and your music project Collapse Project? Please fill in any relevant info out of your bio. How, when and why did you built Collapse Project?
Collapse Project: Hello Marc, thanks for your interest and this interview. To start an electronic project I had planned for some years before but I had no experience about the engineering, recording and needed programs. The first factor why I started a one-man-project: Well, it was very, very difficult (nearly impossible) to find interested people in my area. I created flyers and disposed it into some record shops but I didn’t get some juicy answers.The second factor was, as a one-man-project you can create music completely autonomous each time in your leisure at home. You don’t have to count on other people (people I hadn’t *smile*). I started with CP at the 9th of November 2k5, one day after an Electronic-music festival (Decoded Feedback, Solitary Experiments, Agonoize, Aesthetic Perfection) was organized in my area. I was captivated by these Bands who played on this crucial evening. At the beginning I hadn’t a hardware Synth. I was experimenting with different samples, effects and a Technics E-piano. I created CP because I love to make music and I can’t live without.
Chain D.L.K.: Out of curiosity I need to ask you about your previous musically directions. I could read that you’ve been active in a Punk-Rock-band before. How does a Punk-Rocker come to produce hard Electro/Industrial music? What advantages can you extract for Collapse Project of being active in a completely different music style?
Collapse Project: Maybe there are some advantages when it comes to do live gigs. We’ve never worked with a PC at the Punk-Rock band. All Songs we played were live without any payback. It was all about a good timing and the tact. For CP I hope we can play the most of the tracks live at a concert and I hope we can set some more guitars at the songs in the future.
Chain D.L.K.: You’ve also decided to add another band member to Collapse Project with whom you’ve played in the past in your Punk-Rock project. A short introduction, please…
Collapse Project: Yes, I played with Tobi in a Punk-Rock band in the 90’s. He played the drumsand I was on the guitar. We played some concerts in the south of Germany together. It was a great chaotic time (smile). The second new band member is “Joe Flammensbeck” and he will be our new sound engineer. I met him at Myspace.com and he’s got an own music-project called The Dying Machine.
Chain D.L.K.: Is it to fear that an additional band member could fill in a drastically change of the music style for Collapse Project?
Collapse Project: In the future CP will get a little change in the style of sound. But this has nothing to do with the addition of new band members. We’re working with a new program and with new synths. We are trying to arise the sound quality and I hope that the new members will bring some new influences into the style of CP. I hope we can bring the sound more up-to-date.
Chain D.L.K.: Your first official release “Your Own Way” got released by the new German label Klangdynamik Records. But I’m surprised regarding the fact that this album got released “only” on CD-R format. Why no real pressed CD and why did you decide to limit your album strictly to 111 copies for the 1-CD “standard” edition, and 44 copies of the 2CD “special” edition?
Collapse Project: “Your Own Way” isn’t the official debut of CP. There are a lot of songs from the beginning of CP included. “Back to Hell” was the first song I wrote for CP. Why not a pressed CD? We want to check the sales results. The time is hard in the music business currently, as you know. It’s better to start with small biscuits. The next CP-album will be pressed and available in a higher quantity of 1000 pieces.
Chain D.L.K.: Music in that kind how you produce it deals thematically often with themes like social-criticism and politics. What to your opinion stands behind the driving force when you’re writing your lyrics, what has to be named as quells of inspiration?
Collapse Project: This is one point of our history. As Punk-Rocker we had a lot of political messages in our songs. On each CD of CP you will find a little piece inspired of this themes. Not the same aggressive form as in the past but more critical and world-ordered. It’s a kind of Cyberpunk. I get many inspirations from the press coverage. “World of Lies” treated the mass-inducement of media like TV, radio, etc., by the governments and arms industry. It’s about the big “fake-war” in Iraq and the intimidation of the U.S. townsmen. (“do you still wear a weapon….cause a war could begin…?!”). “Cross Of Dead” deals about the apology to start a war because of the pretense of “religion”.
Chain D.L.K.: Sales of CD’s have slowed down and the lack of it screws especially the young newcomer acts in this music scene. Since your release is only available in limited conditions, how much effect has this evolution on you? What do you expect from the future, in which kind and format will this kind of music continue?
Collapse Project: Currently the sales of CD’s are very bad. That’s why we started in a lower condition. There’s no big profit for us. We make music because of having fun, not for money.Money is not the primary point. In the future we all have to arrange with this “evolution”.
Chain D.L.K.: Lets talk on the technical side of producing music generally. Which kind of synthesizers do you prefer, hardware- or software-based? Where do you see the pro’s and con’s on both kinds?
Collapse Project: I am definitely a big fan of hardware synths. I need the buttons and controllers between my fingers. My hardware synth is for me like a home base. The machine in front of you – where all begins….
Chain D.L.K.: How is it with live gigs? I guess it’s difficult for a one-man act to work out a satisfying live performance. Any plans to storm some stages soon?
Collapse Project: Yes, of course we wanna make some live gigs. But for a live gig I wanna add some more people for the support on stage cause I won’t give a playback concert. I think it’s going to be difficult but with a good pre-arrangement and strategy it will be work. In the future we will start with some concerts in our area. And I hope we can play anytime outside of Germany, too.
Chain D.L.K.: Your daily life besides being a musician. Please fill in details, relations, hobbies, and further interests?
Collapse Project: Further interests? Getting a lottery Jackpot!!! *smile*
Chain D.L.K.: Please let us know about your upcoming plans, some new works or maybe a new release you like to confirm here?
Collapse Project: At this moment we’re working on the next album. Maybe it will be out in spring or in summer next year. Some new songs you can preview at Myspace or at some online radio stations like www.schwarzelocations.de
Chain D.L.K.: Some final words to our readers to conclude this interview?
Collapse Project: You’ve read this interview until the end? Thanks for your interest! I hope we’ll see us on a gig in the future.
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[interviewed by Marc Tater] [proofreading by Tommy T. Rapisardi]